The push-pull steering method is the recommended and standard method to handle the steering wheel while pointing the car to a specific direction. This is the safest option and allows the driver to sit comfortably with smoother tuning and better grip of the steering wheel.
Various ways of handling the steering wheel
There are four basic methods that the driver uses to steer a vehicle. The use of both hands alternating over one another to pull the wheel down is the hand over hand style which gives a weak grip. The hands at 9 and 3 o’ clock on the wheel are cross arm style. While making half turns the hands remain stationary leading to crossing of the arm. The 10 and 2 o’ clock hand over hand style with hands alternating on the steering wheel is the shuffle method.
The push-pull method
In this method the driver is supposed to place hands at 10 and 2 o’clock position. On turning, the hand at 10 moves to 6 and the hand at 2 to 12. On turning to the right, the right hand moves from 2 to 6 and the left from 10 to 12. The driver repositions his hand to straighten the wheel back again. The North American agencies of motor vehicle suggest placing hands at 9 and 3 o’ clock.
The driver should sit properly when turning the vehicle around by push-pull method leading to less fatigue. The arms remain in the same height and they do not cross as well. The push-pull method gives a better grip at the steering wheel. The hand over hand method on the other hand makes the driver leave the steering wheel for a little time that can lead to losing control of the car. In push-pull method however the driver moves his hands slowly and turns the vehicle easily.
The set standard
In most developed countries the push-pull method is the standard form of driving. It is considered to be the correct way to drive by driving school instructors and driving testers. With society the rules change though so does the steering methods.